The Perry County Missouri Health Department reports its seeing a second wave of COVID-19.
Officials say the second wave will likely to be larger than the initial peak. With a lot of people back to work and decreased social distancing efforts by community members, the Health Department is seeing an increased list of close contacts and impacted businesses from the positive case investigations.
According to the Republic-Monitor newspaper in Perryville, Perry County has seen an increase of more than 40 percent in new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past two weeks. Part of that is being attributed to recent mass testing at the Gilster-Mary Lee cereal plant in Perryville. According to data provided by the health department, 189 samples were collected during the three days of testing, with 26 returning positive results.
Health officials are also concerned they haven't seen the full effect of anyone who would have been exposed over Memorial Day weekend.